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Paul DD Smith, Anna M. Szaflarski

Morphogenesis: Intensive Writing Workshop


16/03/2023 –
– 30/11

Commingling, harmonic behaviour and immaculately slimy conception are themes drawn from Paul DD Smith’s exhibition The Chiral Gate. They were also the jump off point for this special edition of Anna M. Szaflarski’s writing workshop, titled Morphogenesis.

‘Morphogenesis’ is the cellular process that creates and determines form. Participants of the workshop were invited to take part in, as well as shape a choreography of exercises inspired by a blend of somatic, surrealist and dada writing exercises, improvised theatre, and for this occasion, the growth, movement and communication patterns found in nature. A cognitive space formed untethered from inhibition and pretension, allowing for the generation of text individually and collaboratively.

The workshop was organised with, and took place at Page Not Found (a bit further down the street from 1646).

Click here to view the booklet which Anna and the participants wrote in entirety during the workshop.

After the workshop, 1646 opened for Paul’s Background Evening. Paul gave a short introduction to the exhibition and went into conversation with Anna to talk about the workshop and how Anna’s practice has informed Paul’s practice. Find more information on the Background Evening by clicking here.


About Paul DD Smith:

Paul engages in hand crafts like ceramics, silk painting, embroidery and printmaking. He approaches his artistic practice in a way that reminds us of the haptic approaches of Jugendstil and the Arts and Crafts movement, in which the ornament often exceeds an object’s function. Smith understands the ornament as something that ties erotic forces and by doing so potentially enhances them. Depicting figures which he veils and frames with patterns and ornaments, Smith channels the gaze while also sending it off on detours.

Paul DD Smith lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He holds a Master degree of HFBK Hamburg (class: Jutta Koether), a Bachelor of Leeds Metropolitan University and a Bachelor of Arts and English Literature of Sussex University. In 2020, Smith received the grant from the Kulturprojekte Berlin; he was nominated for the Hiscox Kunst Preis (2017) and participated in the residency program of Künstlerhaus Vorwerkstift in Hamburg (2016) after he received the grant of HFBK Hamburg Freundeskreis. He has had exhibitions at Misc. Athens, Athens (2021); Stroboskop, Warsaw (2021); CK Offspace, Leipzig (2020); Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin (2020); ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin (2020); ChertLüdde, Berlin (2019); Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin (2019); Galerie Genscher, Hamburg (2019); Real Positive, Köln (2016); Electrohaus, Hamburg (2016) and PSL (Project Space Leeds), Leeds (2012).

About Anna M. Szaflarski: Anna’s art, text and book works consider the social anxieties of sharing space, feminist politics of bodily boundaries and domestic violence, and the muddy complexities of hierarchy. Her publications include “Very Normal People” and “Letters to the Editors” ( AKV Berlin and Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite Verlag). Her experimental writing workshops have been held at the Berlin Summer University of the Arts, Museo de Arte Zapopan in Mexico and at Elgarafi Bom Dia in Berlin. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


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